Criticism of Obama’s party – “If this were President Trump’s birthday”

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Former US President Barack Obama is planning a party with 700 guests for his 60th birthday. That doesn’t go down well with Republicans.

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Wants to comply with the corona rules at his birthday party: Former US President Barack Obama on Martha’s Vineyard island. (Archive image))

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Even as president, Obama often spent his holidays with his family on the East Coast island.

Even as president, Obama often spent his holidays with his family on the East Coast island.

AFP/Brendan Smialowski

So now he wants to celebrate his 60th birthday there - and not alone.

So now he wants to celebrate his 60th birthday there – and not alone.

AFP/Brendan Smialowski

  • Former US President Barack Obama has annoyed Republicans with his birthday plans.

  • The Democrat is planning a birthday party with 700 guests.

  • Guests must be fully vaccinated and tested negative, according to the guidelines for the party.

With the plans for his birthday party, the former US President Barack Obama has come under fire: Although the Democrat wants to celebrate his 60th birthday in compliance with the Corona rules, several Republican politicians accused him of rash actions. “If this were President Trump’s birthday,” Democrats would say, “How can someone be so reckless?” Wrote Republican Congressman Jim Jordan on Twitter.

“Is there an exception for parties attended by rich liberal celebrities?” Asked Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel. Republican Congressman Lance Gooden also criticized the plans: “Barack Obama will hold a birthday party with 700 guests on Saturday,” he wrote on Twitter. “Will the Democrats require all of his guests to wear masks?”

According to US media reports, the celebration will take place over the weekend on the east coast island of Martha’s Vineyard – in the open air. The corona guidelines prescribed by the US health authority CDC should be adhered to. All guests must have been fully vaccinated and tested negative for the coronavirus, US media reported.

Celebration without Biden

US government spokeswoman Jen Psaki also pointed out on Monday that numerous precautionary measures would be taken. The former president is “a great advocate of vaccinations and following the advice of health experts.” US President Joe Biden, who was Obama’s deputy, is not expected to attend the ceremony.

The US Republicans have come under fire several times for holding large events at the height of the pandemic last year without complying with the corona rules. In particular, an event in honor of Chief Justice Amy Coney Barrett is suspected to have been a superspreader event.

(AFP/chk)

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